Korina Sanchez-Roxas Shares Her No-Fail Holiday Gift Guide—Plus, Some Beauty Secrets, Too!
We have less than a week to go 'til Christmas—have you finished your holiday shopping yet?
If you find yourself rushing to the nearest mall, still clueless on what gifts to buy—fret not. We turned to seasoned broadcast journalist, TV anchor, and social media influencer Korina Sanchez-Roxas to share her tips, tricks, and hacks on gift-giving for the holidays. In an exclusive interview with Metro.Style, the Top 6 #MetroMostStylish2018 woman gave us the lowdown on how she stays sane and looks youthful this ultra busy season. For your dose of holiday beauty inspiration, scroll ahead!
Korina's foolproof tips on giving gifts this Christmas:
1. Start early!
Korina Sanchez-Roxas: When you’re rushing [your gifts], you end up buying more expensive things, because there’s not enough time to think. I highly recommend that you start early—when you do, you can think of many ways not to spend too much!
2. Make it personalized.
KSR: You can make your gifts more personalized. I love caricatures and monogrammed things, like stationery with people’s initials.
3. Ask help from your Christmas elves.
KSR: Pace and plan! You can’t do what I used to do, losing my head from morning ‘til night, just wrapping and shopping. You have to have balance—and you have to rest! Distribute the work among your ‘Christmas elves’. You can’t do everything yourself, unless you’re just preparing for your immediate family.
4. Have a theme for your gifts.
KSR: I’m sure a lot of us have many circles of friends—we have our highschool barkada, college barkada, work barkada, and business barkada. We also have our bosses, our business contacts, and of course, family.
What I do is I make a list of themes and categories so it’s easier to think of what to give. There was this year when I gave a book called "101 Things to Buy Before You Die"—it talks about the best kind of hairbrush, toothbrush, shirt, etc. That Christmas, I gave [my friends] a copy of the book, along with one item found inside the book, so that [my friends] will have one of the best things ever.
5. Don’t forget your non-material gift!
?KSR: I’ve been spending a lot more time with family these days; I’ve been listening to their stories, which I never had the time to do before. Now, I attend and even host more gatherings, because I don’t do the daily grind of news anymore. Life is short—you don’t know what tomorrow will bring—so taking time for one another is really precious.
Time. It is the one non material gift I recommend you give this season to loved ones. An old lonely aunt, your parents, your brother or sister over lunch or dinner, a conversation with nephews or nieces about their future, a talk with the five year old in your clan, asking a grandmother or grandfather what they're thinking about politics...Time is the most precious commodity of all. Because it is irreplaceable. ?? #BestLife
They loved the tree and the way the place is fixed. ?????? Hay salamat naman nagwagi ang pinaghirapan. Am happy with the space, too. And it is always a good idea to bring in laughter and cheer and love into a home. Thank you and happy holidays, Marife Zamora, Tessie Prieto, Evelyn Aliling, Ayhee Campos and Yaying Dragon. ??#BestLife
How to build your holiday wardrobe, according to this #MetroMostStylish woman
6th on #MetroMostStylish2018: #KorinaSanchez-Roxas. Uncomplicated and unpretentious, her classic style has the restraint and nonchalance we need to see right now. Stay tuned on @metromagph as we unveil the year’s top 10 most stylish women in the country and grab a copy of #MetroFebruary2018 for more! • Photographer @dookieducay Makeup @robbiepinera Hair Paul Cayabyab Wearing @balenciaga
1. Korina’s go-to Christmas beauty look
KSR: To me, shimmer spells ‘holiday’! I like it on my cheekbones, on my eyelids, and even on my lips. It’s always happier when there’s something shiny.
Metro.Style Picks:Clockwise: Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighte, and Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil, all available on Sephora.ph
Speaking of shimmer, my high school friends and I have our yearly ‘pakintaban’ party—everybody comes in their shimmery glory! One Christmas, a classmates of mine came with lights up in her head. That was really fun.
Everyone came in a crazy hat. We played 80's swing music. We talked about then and now. We ate good beef belly, which is cheaper than roast beef but more enjoyable. We took lotsa pictures. We talked about what our Alma mater St. Theresa's needs. We cheered to a fellow Theresian now with cancer. We celebrated life with all the good and bad in it. That's what friends from way back are for.??
2. This is Korina’s no-fail holiday wardrobe must-have:
Once again, a nice pair of shimmery shoes, because anything paired with those immediately turns into a Christmasy look!
Clockwise: Attico metallic red shoes, Loeffler Randall bow-detailed mules, Jimmy Choo glittered velvet pumps, Prada scalloped metallc sandals, all available at net-a-porter
3. Korina's fashionable travel essentials
KSR: Whenever I travel, I try to bring these essentials:
1. My lavender everything—I’m addicted! I put lavender oil on my hands, under my nose, and behind my ears. I also have lavender spray for my pillow, lavender-scented candles, and even lavender perfume. I try to put all of those on before I go to sleep—and I try to bring all of them when I travel. It’s like setting the mood for a home away from home.
And very happy. Found a Santa Maria Novella store in Ginza. I can't sleep well anymore without my lavender cologne. And this brand is so difficult to find. Yippeee! Kababawan lang po.???? Remember: ang may pinakamababaw na kaligayahan...ang pinakamaligaya sa buhay.#BestLife
2. Sometimes, I bring my electric rollers because these definitely beat a blow dryer anytime. These immediately give you party-ready hair and even keep your bun in place. I’m glad I found a smaller set for when I travel.
3. Lately, for my skincare, I’ve been using my own line—K Everyday. I’ve decided that there’s a particular need for me, and I’m happy I finally get to share this with everyone!
4. My portable steamer
5. And finally, my supplements—nobody likes getting sick!
Lead photos from @korina. Artwork by Butchie Peña